Schieffer Has $800K in Campaign Cash

Democrat happy to have thousands in tough economic times.

Democratic candidate for governor Tom Schieffer announced his campaign has raised almost $800,000.

Schieffer said, "I am especially heartened by the fact that this money was raised during some very difficult times in Texas.  People are worried about the economy, jobs, insurance rates, health care and utility costs.  Still, enough people believed in what we are doing to invest their hard earned dollars in our cause.  They did not give because I had the advantage of incumbency nor did they give because I held one office and was running for another.  They gave us these resources because they believe I can lead a cause that will change Texas for the better.  I am humbled by their confidence and will do everything I can to merit their continued support."

Schieffer's announcement comes on day after U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison reported she raised $6.7 million the first half of this year for her 2010 bid to try to oust Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Last week, Perry announced his campaign raised $4.2 million over a nine-day period at the end of June. That's the only time he could raise money the first half of the year because of the Texas legislative session.

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